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Saturday, September 23

8:30am CDT

We Reformed Foster Care. Now What?
Progress was made on the 85th legislative session’s top priority, but there’s more work to be done

Supported by Upbring

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Edgar Walters (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters is an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas... Read More →

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Cindy Burkett

State Representative
Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, has represented House District 113 since 2011. She chairs the House Redistricting Committee and sits on the Transportation, Local & Consent Calendars, and Public Health committees. Burkett previously served as a legislative aide and deputy regional director to... Read More →
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James Frank

State Representative
Frank, R-Wichita Falls, has represented House District 69 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. In the 85th legislative session, Frank sponsored House Bill 5 and House... Read More →
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Ina Minjarez

State Representative
Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 124 since a 2015 special election. She sits on the House Human Services, Local & Consent, Calendars, and Transportation committees. She has her own private law practice where she represents child abuse victims in Child Protective... Read More →
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Hank Whitman

Commissioner for the Department of Family and Protective Services
Whitman was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016 to reform and repair the state’s foster care system. Previously, he spent 22 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety, serving as chief of the Texas Rangers. Whitman also served as president of Whitman Consulting... Read More →
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Gene Wu

State Representative
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations and Human Services committees. In the 85th legislative session, Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a CPS overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure for child welfare suits... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

9:50am CDT

The Future of Medicaid
The prognosis for the half-century-old social safety net program matters in the state with the most uninsured citizens

Supported by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

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Mary Agnes Carey (mod.)

Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News
Carey covers health reform and federal health policy for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she served as associate editor of QC HealthBeat, a daily report on health care policy for Congressional Quarterly. Carey has also covered budgets, economics and health care for Dow Jones News... Read More →

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Avik Roy

Opinion Editor for Forbes and Founder of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Roy is the author of Transcending Obamacare. In 2016, he helped form The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a think tank devoted to expanding economic opportunity to low-income individuals. Previously, he worked as a policy adviser for three presidential candidates: Florida... Read More →
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Andy Slavitt

Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services under President Barack Obama
Slavitt oversaw Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace programs under President Obama. He currently serves as senior adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center, specializing in health policy. Previously, Slavitt spent 10 years... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am CDT
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

11:10am CDT

Why are So Many New Mothers Dying?
The maternal mortality crisis in Texas: what caused it, what we can do about it, and why we haven’t addressed it already

Supported by Quest Diagnostics

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Marissa Evans (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Evans reports on health and human service policy issues for the Tribune and has been in Austin since October 2016. Before the Tribune she reported for CQ Roll Call in D.C. where she covered state legislatures and health care issues. Evans’ reporting has appeared in Civil Eats, CityLab... Read More →

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Kami Geoffray

CEO of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas
Geoffray has served as head of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas since 2016. She has served with nonprofit and governmental organizations at the state and national level. Most recently, Geoffray worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission... Read More →
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Lisa Hollier

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Chairwoman
Hollier is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases during pregnancy. She also serves as chairwoman of Texas’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, which studies cases... Read More →
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Donna Howard

State Representative
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2006. She serves as vice chairwoman of the Calendars Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency & Reform. She also sits on the Administration, Higher Education and Appropriations committees... Read More →
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Marsha Jones

Executive Director of the Afiya Center
Jones is co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, which focuses on reproductive health access for black women. She is a member of the Texas Equal Access Fund Board of Directors and serves on several national boards. Jones is also a steering member of the National Women... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

1:45pm CDT

One on One with Glenn Hegar
The Texas comptroller on the health of our economy after Harvey, how we should think about the state’s Rainy Day Fund and the morphing definition of fiscal conservatism

Supported by the Beer Alliance of Texas

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Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

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Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014,  serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Previously, he served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. Hegar also served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

3:05pm CDT

Next Steps on Mental Health
Each of the last two legislatures have finally paid attention to — and put dollars behind — the issue. How do we build on that good work?

Supported by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

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Alana Rocha (mod.)

Multimedia Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She has covered politics for stations in Florida and Kansas, and was most recently YNN’s lead political reporter in Austin. Rocha received bachelor’s degrees in journalism... Read More →

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John Burruss

CEO of Metrocare Services
Burruss joined Metrocare Services, Dallas’ largest nonprofit provider of mental health and developmental disability services, in 2013. Prior to joining Metrocare, he served as executive medical director for affiliates and as associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of... Read More →
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Sharon Butterworth

Chairwoman of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium
Butterworth is a veteran mental health activist and community leader. She serves as chairwoman of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium, which facilitates collaboration among executives from healthcare, government and nonprofit organizations. Butterworth also served on the Texas... Read More →
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Garnet Coleman

State Representative
Coleman, D-Houston, has represented House District 147 since 1992. He serves as chairman of the House County Affairs Committee and sits on the Public Health Committee. In the 85th Legislative Session, Coleman authored the House version of the Sandra Bland Act, requiring more training... Read More →
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Four Price

State Representative
Price, R-Amarillo, has represented House District 87 since 2010. He serves as chairman of the House Public Health committee, where he oversees matters pertaining to mental health programs and the oversight of the state’s 22 health-related agencies. Price also sits on the General... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm CDT
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

4:25pm CDT

Fixing NAFTA
The president thinks it should be overhauled or scrapped, and he’s not the only one. Texas has a lot at stake.

Supported by Toyota and Gulf States Toyota

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Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was a staff writer for the Laredo... Read More →

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Rafael Anchia

State Representative
Anchia, D-Dallas, has represented House District 103 since 2005. He serves as chairman of the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and sits on the Pensions Committee and the House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility. Anchia also serves... Read More →
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Jon Barela

CEO of the Borderplex Alliance
Barela joined the Borderplex Alliance in 2016, where he leads efforts to promote economic development in the El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and southern New Mexico region. Previously, he served as New Mexico’s economic development secretary under Gov. Susan Martinez. Barela also served... Read More →
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Pia Orrenius

Vice President and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Orrenius is a labor economist and researcher focusing on the labor market impacts of immigration and U.S. immigration policy. She is also a senior fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. Orrenius previously served as senior economist on the... Read More →
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Richard Peña Raymond

State Representative
Raymond, D-Laredo, has represented House District 42 since 2001. He serves as chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Health & Human Services Transition Oversight and Ways & Means committees. Previously, he passed legislation that helped to create the Texas... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm CDT
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room